Holding Park Aquatic Center set to open July 1, patrons must register & pay in advance

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 10:30am

Delayed due to concerns about COVID-19, the opening of the Holding Park Aquatic Center (HPAC) will take place Wednesday, July 1, at 10 a.m. Open Swim times will be scheduled in three-hour blocks, with one hour in between to allow staff to clean and sanitize the facility, including deck chairs, door handles, hand rails and other high-touch areas.

A maximum of 120 patrons will be allowed inside the facility during each session. Patrons must register and pay for each session in advance online at https://bit.ly/HoldingParkAquaticCenter. No walk-ins will be allowed.

Community health and safety is the top priority for the Town of Wake Forest. Due to the ever-evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, the HPAC operating schedule is subject to change with limited notice. Town officials will continue to closely monitor official updates and follow guidelines from the Wake County Health Department, N.C. Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHSS) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). These guidelines have been implemented in protocols established by the Town to address potential exposure to the coronavirus and protect our community and staff.

The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department wants HPAC patrons to be aware of the following policies and procedures for the 2020 season:

  • No cash transactions will be allowed. All Open Swim patrons must pre-register and pay the user fee online in advance. This will ensure an accurate record of the number of users and assist with contact tracing efforts.

  • No walk-ins will be allowed.

  • The HPAC point of entry will be marked to encourage social distancing.

  • Routes to access the pools and restrooms will be marked to allow for one-way traffic only.

  • Restroom sinks will be marked to encourage social distancing.

  • Lockers will not be available due to social distancing restrictions.

  • Pool passes/punch cards will not be offered to ensure compliance with attendance limitations.

  • Picnic tables will be spaced six feet apart.

  • The number of deck chairs will be reduced by 50 percent. Seating areas will be clearly marked to ensure proper spacing and appropriate social distancing. Patrons may bring their own chairs.

  • Markings will be in place to keep patrons a minimum of six feet apart while waiting to use the diving board, slides and concession stand.

  • Parent-Toddler swim time will not be offered as part of the 2020 HPAC schedule.

  • No groups will be allowed, including day camps, unless the attendees are individually registered via RecDesk.

  • Special events and rentals will not be offered at the HPAC in 2020.

  • NCDHSS guidelines will be implemented and enforced by AquaTech Pool Management Group.

Officials say HPAC patrons can help stay healthy by practicing these health and safety guidelines:

  • Use hand sanitizer;

  • Maintain a social distance of six feet from others;

  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze;

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water;

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Located at 133 W. Owen Ave., the HPAC features a six-lane, 25-yard lap pool, two water slides with plunge pool and children’s pool with water play. To view the HPAC operating schedule, visit https://bit.ly/HoldingParkAquaticCenter.

Swim lesson registration will begin Monday, June 29, and be offered entirely online. The cost is $40 for Wake Forest residents who reside within the town limits and $80 for non-Wake Forest residents. Payments can be made with debit card, MasterCard and Visa. Classes will be offered for preschoolers (ages 3-5), beginners (ages 6 and above) and residents with disabilities. For more information on swim lessons, visit http://bit.ly/wfswimlessons.

For more information about Holding Park Aquatic Center, visit https://bit.ly/HoldingParkAquaticCenter or contact the PRCR Department at 919-435-9560.

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